The Wickedest Town in the West

Even more wicked than Tombstone back in its hey day.

Jerome, Arizona

We spent the weekend with my boss and his wife in Jerome, AZ.  The wickedness is partially still there in the form of weird hippies but Jerome is now mostly known as "America's Most Vertical City" and the "Largest Ghost Town in America".

Jerome was founded in 1876 and sits above what was the largest copper mine in America.  The mines are now silent and the former population of 15,000 has dwindled to 353.  Despite the small population, it felt a little crowded (probably because the main source of income is now tourism) and I was a little surprised we managed to maneuver the Jag without getting scratched.

Jaguar, Jerome, Arizona

Old rusted car in Jerome, Arizona
Or end up like this car!

While we enjoyed our weekend stay, living there would have been tough!  The entire stay there felt as if there was an impending doom upon us...  like a flash flood would wash the entire town off the mountainside!  It was probably more of a case of vertigo than impending doom.

Flat Iron Cafe, Jerome, Arizona
Flat Iron Cafe --we didn't eat there but apparently they serve great food.  We dined at the Haunted Hamburger and were very pleased with the food, service and environment.  The ribs there are fantastic!

House of Joy in Jerome, Arizona
Formerly a brothel, the House of Joy is now an antique and odds and ends shop (if you couldn't tell by the dressed up piggy).  They have a pretty interesting collection of war memorabilia from Russia and China.

We spent the entire first day there exploring the shops and the old buildings.  Externally, Jerome hasn't changed much.  Most of the buildings being used are the same ones that were standing 100 years ago.

Bartlett Hotel sign in Jerome, Arizona

Bartlett hotel wishing spot in Jerome, Arizona

Blast furnace sign in Jerome, Arizona

Old blast furnace in Jerome, Arizona

Fire department in Jerome, Arizona

Haunted Hotel Conner in Jerome, Arizona
We had originally wanted to stay at Hotel Conner because it's known for being haunted, but it booked up fast.  Which works out in the end because it turns out, the rooms sit above a VERY loud pub.

fake roses in Jerome, Arizona
This row of planted fake roses was so tacky I had to take a picture!

The Bed and Breakfast we stayed at was a magnet for birds:

Hummingbird in Jerome, Arizona

Hummingbird in Jerome, Arizona

Hummingbird in Jerome, Arizona

Bird in Jerome, Arizona

The next morning, after a fantastic breakfast at our BandB, we visited the historical museum, Jerome State Historic Park.

Old mining carts at the Jerome State Historic Park museum in Jerome, Arizona

Old mining carts at the Jerome State Historic Park museum in Jerome, Arizona

Jerome State Historic Park museum, Jerome, Arizona

mining machine with conveyer belt at the Jerome State Historic Park museum, Jerome, Arizona

Jerome State Historic Park museum, Jerome, Arizona
Feats of strength?

Jerome State Historic Park museum, Jerome, Arizona

Jerome, Arizona

Shut down mining hotel in Jerome, Arizona
Formerly a hotel.

Mine cave in Jerome, Arizona
If we had been properly dressed, it would have been interesting to explore some of the mine caves just outside the museum.

refinery plant in Jerome, Arizona
A refinery plant?

Inside the museum:

Old fashioned wheel chair in the Jerome State Historic Park museum at Jerome, Arizona
Early 1900's wheel chair.

Vacuum cleaner in the Jerome State Historic Park museum, Jerome, Arizona

Outhouse model in the Jerome State Historic Park museum, Jerome, Arizona

Jerome museum in Jerome, Arizona

Minerals in Jerome, Arizona

Gargoyle in the Jerome State Historic Park museum, Jerome, Arizona

First firefighters of Jerome:

Fire Fighters in Jerome, Arizona

Firefighters in Jerome, Arizona

Firefighters in Jerome, Arizona

Coral fossils in museum, Jerome, Arizona

Model of bear near outhouse at the Jerome State Historic Park museum in Jerome, Arizona

Sign in the Jerome State Historic Park museum, Jerome, Arizona: Do not throw old clothes or shoes out of the window.

House of Joy

Address: 416 Hull Ave Jerome, AZ 86331
Hours: 10am - 5 pm
Website: jeromesfinest.com

Jerome State Historic Park

Address: 100 Douglas Road, Jerome, AZ 86331
Hours: 8:30pm – 4:45pm
Website: azstateparks.com/parks/jero

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